Everything You Need To Know When Visiting The Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is one of the world’s most famous religious buildings and set in the heart of the Vatican, it’s now one of Rome’s most treasured sites. Today, it is a major tourist attraction, one which draws in around 25,000 people every day – that’s 150,000 every week – and 5 million people every year! Make your way to the Sistine Chapel and you could end up sharing the space with around 2,000 other eager tourists. Needless to say, avoiding the crowds isn’t easy when you visit. But as the permanent home to some of the most valuable pieces of art of human history, the swarms of visitors can be forgiven. And despite the crowds, whether you are religious or not, visiting the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel is a magical experience all the same. Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes date from 1508 to 1512 and the Giudizio Universale (The Last Judgement) is the jaw-dropping finale to every visitor’s day at Vatican City. If you’re planning to go to Rome’s most illustrious tourist site, here is everything you need to know before you visit.